About this Episode:
In this episode, Dr. Megan Speciale and Dr. Clark Ausloos discuss how professional counselors can work toward building more inclusive spaces for transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive young people in and outside of the school setting. Listeners will learn about some of the common barriers experienced by gender diverse students, as well as concrete strategies to strengthen clinical and advocacy skills to enact affirming social and institutional change.
Dr. Clark D. Ausloos earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and Dance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point (2008). He traveled across the US, performing, teaching, and educating. It was then he realized his passion for working with people in a deeper way, through counseling. Dr. Ausloos received his MA in Counseling, with both school and clinical counseling foci (2017), and later his PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Toledo (2020). Dr. Ausloos is a licensed school and clinical counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Ausloos has worked in elementary, intermediate, and junior high school settings, as well as private practice and higher education. Dr. Ausloos has worked with students at the College of William and Mary, as well as Palo Alto University; and is now serving as Clinical Assistant Professor in the SchoolCounseling@Denver program. Dr. Ausloos continues to work towards making classrooms safe and accessible for students, especially marginalized, non-dominant populations, like queer and trans youth. Dr. Ausloos has authored several published peer-reviewed manuscripts, has several book chapters and encyclopedia entries in press, and is highly active in research around the world. Through intentional research, Dr. Ausloos aims to empower and promote ethical, affirming training and professional practices within counselor education programs, and within clinical and school settings.
APA Citation for this Episode:
Speciale, M. (Producer). (2021, October 20). EP214: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Transgender and Gender Expansive Young People in K-12 Settings [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://concept.paloaltou.edu/creating-inclusi…in-k-12-settings/